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VICTORY: ARCTIC PROTECTED FROM DRILLING

In a win for our oceans and climate, the Obama administration finalized its oil and gas leasing program, which provides protection for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from risky oil and gas drilling for the next five years. READ MORE.

Report | Environment America

Feeling the Heat: Global Warming and Rising Temperatures in the United States

To examine recent temperature patterns in the United States, we compared temperature data for the years 2000 to 2007 with the historical average, or "normal," temperature for the preceding 30 years, 1971 to 2000. Our data were collected at 255 weather stations ”those with the highest quality data” in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Overall, we found that temperatures were above the 30-year average across the country, indicating pervasive warming.

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News Release | Environment America

New Report: Temperatures Up in U.S. Cities Since 2000

As the presidential candidates prepare to discuss some of the most important issues facing our country at their final debate tonight, Environment America released a new report documenting that the average annual temperature was above the historical average in many U.S. cities in 2007 and from 2000-2007. In Washington, D.C., the average temperature was 1.7°F above the historical average in 2007.

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Report | Environment America

Preserving America's Natural Heritage: Lessons From States' Efforts to Fund Open Space Protection

America’s open spaces are an integral part of our national identity. Our natural landscapes not only provide us with places of great beauty, but they also play a critical role in providing habitat for wildlife along with clean water, fresh air and recreational opportunities for Americans. 

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America Points the Way For Preserving Open Space

As states face tight budgets in the economic downturn, a new report released by Environment America today draws on the experience of 15 states in securing reliable funding for open space programs. Among its key recommendations, Preserving America's Natural Heritage embraces bringing preservation measures directly to the voters – as is happening this fall in Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, and Florida.

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Report | Environment America

Fair Deal for Consumers or Free Ride for Polluters?

The governors of Oregon, California, Washington, New Mexico and Arizona established the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) in February 2007 with the goal of reducing region-wide emissions by at least 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. In order to achieve this goal, WCI is planning to cap global warming pollution from industrial sectors representing most of the major pollution sources.

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